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B&A - Springfield Bridge

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Published prior to 1923

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BH Photo #364360

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Description 

Largest bridge designed by Charles Hilton, pupil of Howard Carroll, who introduced the riveted lattice truss to the U.S.

Facts 

Overview
Lost lattice through truss bridge over Connecticut River on Boston & Albany Railroad
Location
Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts
History
Built in 1873
Builders
- Charles Hilton (engineer)
- Leighton Bridge & Iron Works of Rochester, New York
Railroad
- Boston & Albany Railroad (BA)
Design
Lattice through truss
Dimensions
Length of largest span: 180.0 ft.
Total length: 1,260.0 ft.
Deck width: 32.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+42.10231, -72.59805   (decimal degrees)
42°06'08" N, 72°35'53" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
18/698610/4663927 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Springfield South
Inventory number
BH 73650 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • November 30, 2020: Updated by Ian Martin: Added note about the designer/engineer
  • October 8, 2020: New photos from Art Suckewer
  • October 1, 2020: Updated by Art Suckewer: added pic, number of spans and designer
  • June 1, 2020: Updated by Geoff Hubbs: Revised dates
  • September 14, 2016: Added by Dave King

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B&A - Springfield Bridge
Posted June 2, 2020, by Luke

The bridge shown in your clip is clearly different from the one shown here. The dates should be reverted and a new entry created based off the bridge in the video.

B&A - Springfield Bridge
Posted June 2, 2020, by Geoff Hubbs

Art,

There's this video clip, though it may be an earlier bridge. I read somewhere there may have been an 1860 bridge in between. Anything you can add...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eJTtOWXthc

B&A - Springfield Bridge
Posted June 2, 2020, by Art S. (asuckewer [at] knite [dot] com)

Geoff,

Do you have any evidence to support your change? 1841 seems much too early for the bridge in the image.

Regards,

Art S.